Plasma Lamp and Tesla Globe
The original plasma globe was invented by Nikola Tesla and patented in 1894 under inert gas discharge tube. The modern version of the device was introduced by Bill Parker, an MIT graduate in the 1980’s. The exhibit features a glass sphere with an electrode. Plasma filaments extend from the inner electrode to the outer glass insulator, giving the appearance of multiple constant beams of colored light.
This art object, created by MARS Center, Moscow, is a projection of a giant human eye that reacts to approaching objects. This installation lets viewers experience “the gaze.”
Visitors entering this 20-meter hallway find themselves in thick of imaginary woods. Minimalist geometrical shapes using light strings immerse viewers into the world of light sculptural space. Words don’t do it justice. It’s a must see.